More than ever, many of us are beginning conversations, texts, emails and social posts with reference to our Heavenly Father. And rightly so –in the fluidity of these concerning days, this remains our only constant . . . Jesus Christ.
As the COVID-19 virus spreads, it’s very easy to lose faith and to live in fear of the headlines and people’s predictions. But even in shaky, unsettling times, Christians can have firm confidence, for we are people of the Word who know that the world belongs to our sovereign Lord. His rule and authority extend over the atomic level of every microbe and virus. – Joni Eareckson Tada
In conversations with my children, my key word is sovereign. I keep repeating what I’ve heard others say through the years in response to tragedies, “Either God is sovereign, or He isn’t.”
While the pandemic is not simple, His truth is.
I have a deep personal interest in the doctrine of God’s sovereignty, for I am also an individual at great risk – I am an aging quadriplegic with fragile lungs and an immune system which can be easily compromised. But I bolster my confidence with the same assurance we give the people we serve through Joni and Friends: The world belongs to Almighty God, so Christians can be confident in His plan and purposes. There is absolutely no reason to be caught up in the panic or blame. – Joni
So, as Joni notes, “in the meantime . . .”
When will this outbreak pass? Job would answer, I know that [you, O Lord], can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted (Job 42:2)
. . . let us be people of light and hope, sharing Isaiah 46:9-10 with everyone we meet. For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me . . . My counsel shall stands, and I will accomplish all my purpose. (Isaiah 46:9-10)
Read Joni’s blog and watch the video . . . and, share with your listeners for their encouragement.